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    Reset and Clear Taskbar Pinned Apps in Windows 10

    Reset and Clear Taskbar Pinned Apps in Windows 10

    How to Reset and Clear All Pinned Apps on Taskbar in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    27 Jul 2020
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Reset and Clear All Pinned Apps on Taskbar in Windows 10


    This tutorial will show you how to reset and clear all pinned apps on your taskbar in Windows 10.

    This can be helpful if "Unpin this program from taskbar" does not work for a pinned app, or you just wish to quickly clear all pinned apps from you taskbar.

    By default, the pinned apps on your taskbar are saved in both locations below. The downloadable .bat file in this tutorial will delete the contents of these locations to reset and remove all pinned apps on your taskbar.

    In the registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

    In the hidden TaskBar folder:
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar


    EXAMPLE: Reset Taskbar
    Reset and Clear Taskbar Pinned Apps in Windows 10-clear_taskbar.jpg



    Here's How:

    1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, then run it.

    Reset_Clear_Pinned_Apps_on_Taskbar.bat

    Download

    (Contents of .bat file for reference)
    Code:
    DEL /F /S /Q /A "%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\*"
    
    REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband /F
    
    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    
    start explorer.exe

    2 If prompted, click/tap on Run.

    If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.


    3 You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted.

    4 All pinned apps on your taskbar will now be reset and cleared.


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #1

    I have a new pc, first time using windows 10, and the only thing I have put on the pc is bitdefender.

    I was trying to tidy up the look of the desktop and ran into the "can't unpin from taskbar". I followed the tutorial Taskbar Pinned Apps - Reset and Clear in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    And downloaded the file and executed it.

    Now I have a black screen - the only thing showing is the bitdefender icon. I can't get to the start menu - and I tried to bring up msconfig and couldn't get it either.

    Help.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello glchildress, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    It sounds like something interfered the .bat file from restarting explorer.

    You can open Task Manager (CTRL+Shift+ESC), click on File (menu bar), click on Run new task, type explorer, and click on OK.
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #3

    Brink - thanks. It worked and I'm relieved. :)
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    I'm glad to hear it. :)
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  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 7-10
       #5

    Hi,
    thank you for this script. I would like to convert it from .bat into powershell command. Can you provide me some suggestions?
    Thank you

    Edit:
    I solved by myself
    Code:
    Remove-Item "$env:USERPROFILE\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\*" -recurse
    Remove-Item -Path "HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband" -recurse 
    Get-Process explorer | Stop-Process
    Do you know if the .bat file works also for windows 8 and 8.1?
    Last edited by nedo; 12 Feb 2016 at 04:55.
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  6. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Hello nedo,

    Yep, it works in Windows 8/8.1 as well. :)

    Taskbar Pinned Apps - Reset and Clear in Windows 8
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  7. Posts : 3
    Windows 7-10
       #7

    Brink said:
    Hello nedo,

    Yep, it works in Windows 8/8.1 as well. :)

    Taskbar Pinned Apps - Reset and Clear in Windows 8
    I confirm that works also on Windows 7.
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  8. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

      My Computers


  9. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       #9

    Hi,
    This seems to only affect icons that I put there. I am trying to get rid of the MS Edge and Store icons.
    These icons don't exist in $env:USERPROFILE\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\ and deleting the registry key has no affect as after a reboot they return.

    Does anyone know where these icons are coming from and how to stop them?

    Thanks

    W.

    Edit:
    I've found how to remove the store icon:
    Key Path: HKCU:Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\

    Key: NoPinningStoreToTaskbar

    Value:
    DWORD 1 = enabled (i.e. don't show)
    DWORD 0 = disabled

    Source: http://windowsitpro.com/active-direc...-icon-revealed
    Last edited by woter324; 18 Apr 2016 at 19:01. Reason: Found one
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